by Ernest Easley

The Believer's Parade
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
2 Corinthians 2.12-17

How many of you have ever gone to a parade? What about participated in a parade? As they say: everybody loves a parade! You would think that some people consider a parade just as an excuse not to work. Consider some of the annual parades just in New York City:

*St. Patrick's Day Parade.

They have 150,000 participates with over two million spectators that line the parade route on March 17th.

*Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

That takes place every Thanksgiving Day and is the most famous of all their parades.

*Lunar New Year Parade.

This parade takes place the first Sunday after the Chinese New Year and has 5000 participants!

*Village Halloween Parade.

This parade takes place at night every October 31st since 1973. It features costumed marchers, band and floats. Anyone in costume can join in the parade along the route.

*Easter Day Parade.

*Puerto Rican Day Parade.

That takes place on the second Sunday in June.

It seems that a lot of people are just looking for an excuse to have a parade. Why else would clowns gather each year in Vincennes, Indiana the birthplace of Red Skelton and conduct what's called ''The Parade of a 1000 Clowns,'' in honor of Mr. Skelton.

Hey, after all: everybody loves a parade! So, how would you like to be in a parade? What would you say if I told you that you ARE in a parade? You say, ''Ernest, I feel like my life is more like a circus than a parade.'' That may be true!

Well, I've got news for you: You are not only in a parade; you ARE a parade! You're not only a parade participant; you ARE the parade! And that's what I want to talk to you about today from 2 Corinthians 2, The Believer's Parade! For we're going to find here in 2 Corinthians 2 that we are indeed parade people and that not everybody loves the parade we're walking in. In fact, we're going to read how most of the spectators of our parade think we stink! But not every ...

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